Carlson to triple India portfolio by 2012


MUMBAI - Carlson Hotels Worldwide has confirmed details of its expansion plans in India over the next three years.  These plans, which are well underway, will see the group add 50 properties by the end of 2012 across four brands - Radisson Hotels & Resorts, Country Inns & Suites, Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts and Park Inn.   The growth strengthens Carlson's position as the largest and fastest-growing international hotel operator in India by number of hotels.

"We are optimistic about India and its growth prospects as a leading emerging economy," said Hubert Joly, Carlson president and CEO.  "To be the number one international hotel operator here is particularly pleasing," he added.

Radisson, Carlson's contemporary upscale and upper upscale brand currently has 10 properties in India, with another 25 scheduled to open within the next 36 months.

Country Inns & Suites, Carlson's mid market brand currently has nine hotels in operation with another 15 scheduled to open within the same time frame.

Park Plaza, the company's upper midscale brand currently has six properties open, with another eight under development and these are also scheduled to open within the next 36 months.

Carlson recently launched its mid-market brand, Park Inn in the sub-continent.  There are now three Park Inns in operation in India - Park Inn Gurgaon, Park Inn Jaipur Singh Highway and Park Inn Phoenix Resort in Goa. Another two are under development, one in Delhi CBD Shahdara and another in Bangalore.

The group also announced that it will introduce its luxury Regent brand to India in 2013 with the unveiling of the development for The Regent Gurgaon.

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